On September 13th, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved H.R. 2250 – The U.S. EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.  There is also a companion bill, S.B. 1392, in the U.S. Senate. This proposed legislation, if passed, will stay the Boiler MACT/GACT, Incinerator MACT, and Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rules.  Currently all but the Boiler GACT rules have already been stayed by the EPA.  This legislation would stay all four rules for at least 15 month and instruct the EPA to revise the rules according to achievable results.  Until the legislation passes, the Boiler GACT deadlines are still in effect.  The deadline for initial notification of applicability is still September 17, 2011 and the deadline for compliance is March 21, 2012.  H.R. 2250 is expected to be voted on this shortly.

The first compliance deadline for the Boiler GACT Rule is September 17, 2011 – when the Initial Notification of Applicability is due.  This rule applies to facilities with boilers fueled by any fuel except natural gas, and who are not major sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).  Some state agencies have already acted, with North Carolina DENR having recently mailed out letters to potentially affected facilities. Others, such as the Georgia EPD, will be sending out similar letters soon.  Whether or not you receive a letter, you will have to submit your initial notification by Sept. 17 if this rule applies to your facility.

The Boiler MACT rule, which applies to facilities that are major sources of HAPs, has been placed on legal hold. This means the large facilities have some breathing room, but the small facilities covered by the GACT rule must act now. 

More information is available at CTI’s Boiler MACT and GACT website – www.boilermactcompliance.com.

 

On May 16, 2011, the US EPA signed a stay delaying the effective dates for the final Boiler MACT rules for major sources for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and Commercial and Indstrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI) Units.

For Boiler MACT sources the deadline for compliance has not changed and is still March 21, 2012. This includes Minor Sources of HAP pollutants and Major Sources of non-HAP pollutants. 

The effective dates for HAP Major Source Boiler MACT & CISWI rules are delayed until such time as judicial review is no longer pending or until the US EPA completes its reconsideration of the rules, whichever is earlier.

For more information you can go to www.boilermactcompliance.com or contact us @ 770-263-6330.

On March 21, 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published National Emission Standards for Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for boilers, solid waste criteria, and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for incineration units.  The rules include the following:

  • NESHAP for new and existing area source boilers (40 CFR Part 63 Subpart JJJJJJ).
  • NESHAP for new and existing major source boilers and process heaters (40 CFR Part 63 Subpart DDDDD).
  • Non-hazardous secondary material, when used as fuel or ingredients in combustion units that are “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) (40 CFR Part 241).
  • NSPS for new stationary sources and emission guidelines for existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units (40 CFR Part 60 Subparts CCCC & DDDD).

Continue reading “An Overview of the Final Boiler MACT Rules and Regulations”

On February 21, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters, better known as the Boiler MACT. At the same time, the EPA issued the final Boiler GACT for area sources, the final Commercial/Industrial Solid Waste Incinerator (CISWI) rule, and the final Non-Hazardous Secondary Material rule. We at CTI are in the process of reviewing these rules in their entirety and will be issuing Client Alerts in the very near future.

“March 10, 2009: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes the first comprehensive national system for reporting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by major sources in the United States.” The EPA issued a formal announcement in the April 10th Federal Register, available for download (EPA_FR_ProposedRule_041009.pdf ~2Mb).

Continue reading “Special Notice: New Proposed EPA Rule for Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting”